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SGI Announces New High Performance Storage Platform

SGI® InfiniteStorage 16000 Accelerates Applications with Extreme IOPS and Throughput; Excels in Transactional and Unstructured Data Environments

FREMONT, Calif. — September 21, 2010 — SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), a global leader in technical computing, today announced the release of the SGI InfiniteStorage 16000, the next generation of high performance storage platforms aimed at mixed workload environments.

SGI InfiniteStorage 16000 is the newest addition to the SGI InfiniteStorage family, delivering the optimum mixed I/O options in an extremely scalable and dense platform. To date, premium storage systems fall into two categories: those optimized for random Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) or those optimized for bandwidth. The SGI InfiniteStorage 16000 system is the first high performance platform to be optimized for both bandwidth and IOPS, providing a versatile platform for diverse workflows.

"The dramatic growth of unstructured data has brought with it an increase in complexity of usage requirements for both file and block-based storage," said Jose Reinoso, vice president of storage engineering at SGI. "SGI InfiniteStorage 16000 simplifies the solution by enabling both extreme throughput and IOPS in a scalable, power efficient system."

Storage systems and servers must now be able to respond to heavily threaded I/O patterns by delivering transaction-optimized extreme storage bandwidth, as well as high throughput. With the fusion of these unsurpassed levels of bandwidth and IOPS, SGI InfiniteStorage 16000 delivers an easy-to-deploy package that meets the needs of the most demanding unstructured and transaction-based environments.

"As technical computing platforms have continued a dramatic increase in density and performance, the I/O requirements are also becoming increasingly randomized between throughput and high IOPS," said Natalya Yezhkova, research director, worldwide storage systems research at IDC. "With SGI InfiniteStorage 16000, SGI is offering customers the ability to accommodate the high end of both in a very flexible platform."

SGI InfiniteStorage 16000 delivers up to 10 GB/sec of read and write performance, and up to one million IOPS, with the ability to manage up to 2.4 petabytes of storage in just two data center floor tiles. Other features include file and application hosting, an active/active redundant design, mirrored cache, support for multiple RAID levels and SSD, SAS and SATA disk drives, intelligent block striping, SATAssure data protection, power saving modes, and 8Gb Fibre Channel and 40Gb InfiniBand host-port options.

SGI InfiniteStorage 16000 is immediately available. For additional information, please visit

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